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By Thomas G. Mitchell

This ebook is a story heritage of the thirty-year fight to outlaw slavery, beginning with the founding of the yankee Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and increasing till the abolition of slavery within the usa on the finish of the Civil War.

The center of the publication includes sections: 1) the 20-year political fight to limit slavery via a succession of anti-extensionist events beginning in 1840 with the founding of the freedom occasion, extending throughout the unfastened Soil get together (1848-54) and finishing with Abraham Lincoln being elected president as a Republican at the related uncomplicated platform because the Liberty social gathering in 1844. 2) The fight by means of abolitionists to take advantage of the outbreak of the Civil battle as an opportunity to rid the rustic of slavery utilizing the administrative wartime powers of the presidency.

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Therefore, the Liberty men had to convince people that their abolitionist beliefs squared not only with the Bible but with the Constitution as well. The aim was first to convert elite opinion. Eventually a copy of Goodell’s constitutional tract was mailed to every member of Congress. But it had little effect. THE MEXICAN WAR, WILMOT PROVISO, AND COALITION POLITICS The first real crack in the façade of Slave Power control of the two parties came during 1844–45. Charles Francis Adams, the son of former president John 32 ANTISLAVERY POLITICS IN ANTEBELLUM AND CIVIL WAR AMERICA Q.

Hale as the Liberty candidate, and Van Buren as the Barnburner candidate. Hale had written both Leavitt and Chase indicating his willingness to step down as a Liberty candidate if this would facilitate the formation of a wider coalition. The Liberty Party, whose leaders were all present at the convention, formally dissolved the party so that technically the Hale candidacy was dissolved with it. After a letter from Van Buren had been read to the committee, Stanton announced that Hale had withdrawn as the Liberty candidate.

3 percent. Birney received more votes (97) in Ashtabula County than anywhere else in Ohio. 33 The Ohio Liberty Party was established by a convention in Columbus on January 21–22, 1841, with 209 delegates attending. This Party was divided into two main groups: the Cincinnati clique, a small group of pragmatists who lived in Cincinnati and surrounding Hamilton Co. and provided the leadership of the party, and the Western Reserve, an area of about 3,000 square miles in the eleven northeastern counties in the state, where the bulk of the state’s Liberty men resided.

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